April 14, 2005
WSU HEAD COACH Dick Bennett: Washington State Head Coach Dick Bennett finished his second season on the Palouse with a 12-16 record...Bennett is 25-32 in his WSU career...coached at Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1976-85), Wisconsin-Green Bay (1985-95) and Wisconsin (1995-2000)...owns a .624 career winning percentage (479-289)...career highlights include a 1984 NAIA national runner-up finish at Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a 2000 Final Four appearance at Wisconsin.
Thomas Kelati NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-PAC-10: Senior guard Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) was named to the 2005 All-Pacific-10 First Team...first Cougar since Carlos Daniel in 1998 to earn honor and 13th player in WSU history...finished career ranked at WSU in 3-point field goals (second - 232), 3-point field goal percentage (third - .427), minutes played (sixth - 3,314), free throw percentage (seventh - .796), steals (seventh - 133), assists (eighth - 274) and points (18th - 1,081)...his 81 treys in 2004-05 third best single-season mark at WSU.
HISTORIC WIN IN THE DESERT: The Cougars ended several losing streaks with a 70-63 upset win over No. 11 Arizona in Tucson, Saturday, Jan. 29...Washington State broke a 20-game losing streak at Arizona and a 38-game skid overall against the Wildcats...first win in 35 tries against a ranked Arizona team...Cougars halted a 26-game road losing streak against ranked opponents and a 48-game losing streak overall to top 25 opponents...WSU knocked off its highest ranked opponent since defeating No. 8 USC, March 8, 1992...highest ranked opponent defeated on the road in school history...senior Thomas Kelati tied his then career high with 27 points, including seven 3-pointers.
GENE CONLEY JOINS HALL OF HONOR: Former Cougar baseball and basketball player Gene Conley was inducted into the Pacific-10 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor, Wednesday, March 9...joins Craig Ehlo (2002), Jack Friel (2003) and George Raveling (2004) as Cougar inductees...Conley played one season for Jack Friel and was a member of the Cougars' 1950 Pacific-10 North Division Champion basketball team...pitched on the WSU baseball team that finished runner-up in the 1950 College World Series...played in the National Basketball Association with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks...played Major League Baseball with the Braves in Boston and Milwaukee, the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox...retired from professional sports in 1964...member of Milwaukee Braves team that defeated New York Yankees in 1957 World Series...played on Celtics' NBA title teams in 1959, 1960 and 1961...inducted into the Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979...resides in Clermont, Fla...only man known to play for championship teams in two major professional sports.
WSU ADVANCES TO PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: For the second straight season, Washington State advanced to the Pacific-10 Tournament...Cougars lost to Stanford, 60-58 in first round...second straight season WSU lost to Stanford in the first round...WSU tied for sixth in the conference, best finish since 2000-01 season.
COUGARS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: Thomas Kelati ranked in minutes played (second - 36.21 per game), 3-point field goals made (second - 2.89 per game), steals (sixth - 1.54 per game), 3-point field goal percentage (sixth - .420) and scoring (11th - 14.3 points per game)...Jeff Varem finished fourth in rebounding (7.8 per game) and fifth in steals (1.64 per game)...Robbie Cowgill ranked sixth in blocked shots with 0.96 per game...Derrick Low was ninth with 31.96 minutes played per game.
WSU IN NCAA RANKINGS: Thomas Kelati's 2.89 3-pointers per game (25th) and 42.0 percent shooting from 3-point range (32nd) ranked in the NCAA rankings...WSU was sixth nationally in scoring defense at 56.9 point per game.
WSU PLAYED CLOSE GAMES: Prior to the 2004-05 season, WSU Head Coach Dick Bennett said the Cougars would have to win a lot of close games to be successful...Cougars finished 12-16, including 4-8 in games decided by three points or less...dozen games decided by three points or less tied Fresno State for most in the country...WSU was 0-4 in overtime.
· Jeff Varem's dunk with two seconds left gave Cougars 37-36 win at Idaho.
· Josh Akognon's 3-pointer at the buzzer fell short in 54-52 loss to No. 25 Gonzaga.
· Cougars made 5-of-6 free throw attempts in final 39 seconds of 49-46 win over BYU.
· Robbie Cowgill scored WSU's last four points in final 1:20 of 55-54 win at Portland.
· WSU lost 49-47 at Wyoming despite outscoring Cowboys 12-4 in final 3:53.
· Cougars lost 80-77 in double overtime at UCLA.
· Oregon tallied last five points of the game in final 41 seconds to defeat WSU 55-52 at Friel Court.
· WSU was 9-for-21 at the foul line in 68-62 loss at Arizona State.
· Thomas Kelati scored five points during 7-0 Cougar run in final 1:13 of 70-63 win at No. 11 Arizona.
· UCLA Dijon Thompson nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation and hit game-winning shot with 41 seconds left in overtime as Bruins defeated Cougars 58-56 in Pullman.
· Oregon scored last four points in final 1:01 of 69-66 win over WSU in Eugene.
· Cougars lost 57-56 in overtime against Arizona.
· Chris Schlatter scored a 3-pointer with nine seconds left in 57-55 win over Arizona State, Feb. 26.
· Thomas Kelati's 3-pointer with seven second left forced overtime at California, March 5...Cougars lost 63-57.
· Cougars dropped 60-58 decision to Stanford in first round of Pacific-10 Tournament, March 10...Chris Schlatter's shot at the buzzer missed its mark.
WSU EXTENDS 3-POINT STREAK: The Cougars made a season-high 13 treys against Stanford at the Pac-10 Tournament to extend their consecutive game streak with at least one trey to 281...most 3-pointers since 18 vs. Gonzaga, Dec. 7, 2002 ...last time Cougars did not make a shot from beyond the arc was Feb. 18, 1995 at Oregon...since 3-point line was adopted in 1986-87, WSU has failed to make a 3-pointer three times...other two occasions were Jan. 5, 1987 at Idaho and Dec. 9, 1988 at home against Portland.
STATISTICAL TRENDS: WSU is 15-2 under Dick Bennett when holding the opponent to under 40 percent shooting from the field, including 8-2 in 2004-05...Bennett's Cougars are 16-0, including 7-0 in 2004-05, when outrebounding their opponent.
STREAKS BROKEN IN BENNETT ERA: In two seasons under Dick Bennett, the Cougars have accomplished several firsts and broken many losing streaks...here is a look at the achievements.
· Won 57-51 at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22, 2003 to break 27-game road losing streak.
· Won 55-50 at California, Jan. 4, 2004 to break 31-game losing streak in California, 22-game Pac-10 road losing streak, six-game skid to Golden Bears and eight-game slide at California.
· Won 76-61 over USC in Spokane, Jan. 10, 2004 to halt nine-game losing streak to USC.
· Won 55-48 at UCLA, Feb. 5, 2004 for first win at UCLA in 47 games, including 39 at Pauley Pavilion...broke 22-game losing streak to UCLA.
· Won 60-51 at USC, Feb. 7, 2004 to snap seven-game losing streak at USC...first season sweep of USC since 1985-86...completed first road sweep of Los Angeles schools in WSU history.
· Won 60-51 vs. Stanford in Spokane, Dec, 31, 2004 to break 17-game losing streak against Cardinal.
· Won 70-63 at No. 11 Arizona, Jan. 29, 2005 to break 38-game losing streak against Arizona...stopped 20-game losing streak at Arizona...first win in 35 tries against a ranked Arizona team...halted a 26-game road losing streak against ranked opponents and a 48-game skid overall against top 25 teams...highest ranked opponent defeated on the road in school history.
· Won 59-48 at Stanford, March 3, 2005 to break eight-game losing streak at Stanford...first regular season sweep of Stanford since 1992-93.
TEAMS DO NOT EXCEED FIFTY-FIVE: Dick Bennett has been the Washington State men's basketball coach for 57 games...in 27 of those, the Cougar opponent has scored 55 points or less...from 1993-94 through 2002-03, WSU held a total of 26 opponents to 55 points or less.
WASHINGTON STATE DEFENSE: Washington State held Montana State to 42 points in the season opener, the fewest given up by the Cougars in an opener since a 66-34 win over Whitworth in 1948-49...WSU followed up by yielding just 42 points in its next game against Georgia Southern...the 84 points over a two-game span were the least given up by the Cougars since Dec. 27/29, 1972...WSU yielded 140 points (Nov. 24-30), its best three-game span since Dec. 12-17, 1981...the 182 points the Cougars gave up in their first four games this season marks their best four-game stretch since Dec. 11-15, 1951...WSU finished sixth nationally in scoring defense at 56.9 points per game...fewest points given up by a Pac-10 team since Oregon State's 55.8 in 1983-84...Beavers' mark prior to shot clock and 3-point line in college basketball.
COUGARS START FRESHMEN: Prior to the 2004-05 season, WSU had never started three true freshmen in a game...Cougars did it seven times this season...Robbie Cowgill (Austin, Texas), Derrick Low (Honolulu) and Chris Henry (Santa Ana, Calif.) started in WSU's 49-46 win over BYU, Dec. 11...Cowgill, Low and Kyle Weaver (Beloit, Wis.) started in the Cougars' 49-47 loss at Wyoming, Dec. 22 and in each of the four games from Jan. 8-23...Low, Weaver, and Daven Harmeling (Grand Junction, Colo.) started in the Cougars' 69-66 loss at Oregon, Feb. 12...first time in school history that five WSU true freshmen made at least one start in a season...true freshmen combined for 53 starts, most in WSU single-season history.
FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTION: Washington State's roster featured eight freshmen, including a pair of walk-ons...combined, Cougar freshmen accounted for 41.7 percent of WSU's scoring...Robbie Cowgill led the newcomers in points with 169...Cowgill led WSU with 27 blocks, second most all-time by a Cougar freshman in a season...Austin, Texas native became fourth freshman in WSU history to have a perfect day from the field (minimum five attempts) when he was 5-for-5 vs. USC, Feb. 5...Derrick Low led Cougar freshmen in scoring average with 7.0 points per game...his 65 assists ranked sixth on the Cougar single-season freshman list...his four steals at Arizona State, Jan. 27 and eight assists vs. USC, Feb. 5 were the most in a game by a WSU freshman since the 2000-01 season...Low and Cowgill both earned All-Pac-10 Freshman Honorable Mention.
ATTENDANCE NUMBERS UP: The 8,151 fans who attended the WSU-Gonzaga game, Dec. 7 marked the largest crowd at Friel Court for a nonconference game since 9,925 watched the Cougars defeat Idaho 66-54, Dec. 16, 1995...WSU drew 8,633 for Washington game, Feb. 19, most since Oregon State game at Friel Court in 1996...Cougars averaged 4,907 per game in Pullman this season...most by WSU since 1996-97 season.
PROTECTING THE HOUSE: With home wins over Montana State and Georgia Southern and a loss to Gonzaga this season, the Cougars are 65-3 since 1990-91 in nonconference games played in Pullman...the mark includes a 5-0 record in Bohler Gym during the 1990-91 campaign...two of the three losses are to Gonzaga (2002, 2004).
COUGARS TAKE TWO FROM CARDINAL: Robbie Cowgill (Austin, Texas) scored a season/career-high 15 points to lead Washington State to a 59-48 win at Stanford, March 5...first win at Stanford since 1996 and first home-and-home sweep of Cardinal since 1992-93...Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) and Derrick Low (Honolulu, Hawai'i) added 14 and 10 points, respectively.
SCHLATTER SHOT SINKS SUN DEVILS: Chris Schlatter (Lafayette, Calif.) nailed a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining to give Washington State a 57-55 win over Arizona State at Friel Court, Feb. 26...senior forward finished with nine points.
COUGARS STREAKING AGAINST USC: Washington State's season sweep of USC marks the first time since the 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons that the Cougars swept the Trojans in two consecutive seasons...four-game winning streak against USC ties longest against Trojans in school history.
COUGARS BREAK LOSING STREAK AGAINST CARDINAL: Jeff Varem (Benue, Nigeria) notched his second career double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Washington State past Stanford 60-51, Dec. 31...win broke a 17-game losing streak against the Cardinal dating back to Feb. 22, 1996...WSU won its Pac-10 opener for the first time since 1998-99.
WSU-IDAHO GAME LOW SCORING AFFAIR: Washington State defeated Idaho, 37-36, Nov. 30, marking the fewest points in a Cougar victory since a 36-28 triumph at Idaho, Jan. 11, 1947...fewest points in a win by a Pacific-10 team since the shot clock was instituted for the 1985-86 season...tied for third fewest in NCAA history in shot clock era...fewest points given up by WSU in a game since a 41-34 win at Montana State, Dec. 15, 1958...lowest scoring game in Cougar history since 37-36 loss at Washington, Jan. 24, 1970...lowest scoring WSU-Idaho game since 39-34 Cougar win at Idaho, March 3, 1950.
2005-06 SIGNEES: Washington State signed four student-athletes for the 2005-06 season (as of April 14)...fall signees include 6-foot-8 center Caleb Forrest from Pagosa Springs (Colo.) High School and 6-foot-3 guard Antonio Chavers from Tyler (Texas) Junior College...springs signees include 6-foot-6 forward Ivory Clark from Midland (Texas) College and 6-foot-5 guard Rodney Edgerson from Illinois Central College.
#1 Josh Akognon (Petaluma, Calif.)
· Appeared in 27 games off the bench.
· Registered eight points in seven minutes at Kansas State, Nov. 27.
· Scored 12 points vs. No. 25 Gonzaga, Dec. 7.
· Played season/career-high 34 minutes at UCLA, Jan. 6...best scoring game this season with 15 points on 6-for-14 shooting, including 3-for-9 from beyond the arc.
· Grabbed season/career-high six rebounds at Oregon State, Jan. 13.
· Scored nine points in 12 minutes at Oregon, Feb. 15.
· His 28 3-pointers tie for seventh on WSU all-time single season freshman list.
#2 Derrick Low (Honolulu, Hawaii)
· Named Pacific-10 All-Freshman Honorable Mention.
· Missed first five games of the season due to a fractured foot...started last 22 games.
· Made season debut against No. 25 Gonzaga playing 10 minutes off the bench.
· Scored in double figures eight times...poured in season/career-high 19 points at Oregon, Feb. 12.
· Had four steals, most by a WSU freshman in four seasons, at Arizona State, Jan. 27.
· Was 4-for-4 from 3-point range and scored 13 points in 70-63 upset win at No. 11 Arizona, Jan. 29.
· His season/career-high eight assists at USC, Jan. 5 were the most by a Cougar freshmen since 2001.
· Went 6-for-6 from the line at Stanford, March 3.
· His 65 assists rank sixth on WSU's freshman single season list.
#5 Chris Schlatter (Lafayette, Calif.)
· Appeared in all 28 games, including 20 starts.
· Season-high six rebounds at Kansas State, Nov. 27.
· Career-high four steals vs. Arizona, Feb. 24.
· Nailed game-winning 3-pointer with under 10 seconds to play in 57-55 win over Arizona State, Feb. 26.
· Tallied season-high 12 points at California, March 5.
#11 Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla)
· Named First Team All-Pacific-10...first Cougar since Carlos Daniel in 1998 to earn the honor.
· Started all 28 games...played 1,014 minutes to rank eighth on WSU single-season list...played 3,314 career minutes, sixth best at WSU...his 274 career assists rank eighth all-time at WSU.
· His 232 3-point field goals rank second all-time at WSU...one shy of Eddie Hill's school record...knocked down 81 in 2004-05, third best WSU single-season mark.
· Seventh at WSU with 133 career steals...had career-high five at Portland, Dec. 18 and added 17 points.
· Had 14 games in 2004-05 with 15 or more points, including then career-high tying 27 in 70-63 upset of No. 11 Arizona in Tucson...scored in double figures 24 times, including last 15 games.
· Made 7-of-11 shots beyond the arc as part of career-high 29 points at California, March 5.
· Season-high nine rebounds at Arizona State, Jan. 27.
#12 Randy Green (Renton)
· Started three games.
· Scored team and season-high 12 points against Gonzaga, Dec.7.
#14 Chris Henry (Santa Ana, Calif.)
· Missed first six games of the season due to an ankle injury.
· Tallied season/career-high six points against USC, Feb. 5.
#23 Alex Kirk (Prosser)
· Appeared in four games.
· Notched an assist vs. Oregon State, Jan. 13.
#24 Kyle Weaver (Beloit, Wis.)
· Appeared in 25 games, including 10 starts.
· First true freshman to start at point guard for WSU in a season opener since Blake Pengelly in 1996-97.
· Scored eight points in 10 minutes off the bench vs. California, Jan. 2.
· Tallied 10 points and had seven rebounds at UCLA, Jan.6, and at USC, Jan. 8.
· Produced season/career-high 15 points and eight rebounds vs. No. 15 Washington, Feb. 19.
#25 Isaiah Simmons (Tacoma)
· Started first two games of the season.
· Notched career-high eight rebounds and four assists against Montana State, Nov. 19.
· Missed seven games (Jan. 13-Feb. 5) due to academic ineligibility.
· Suffered skull fracture in practice, Feb. 18 and missed the remainder of the season.
#32 Daven Harmeling (Grand Junction, Colo.)
· Scored 10 points off the bench in just 13 minutes against Montana State, Nov. 19...most points by a true freshman in a Cougar opener since Mike Bush had 14 in 1998-99.
· Matched season/career-high 10 points and had season/career-high six rebounds at Oregon State, Feb. 10.
· Made first career start at Oregon, Feb. 12.
#34 Robbie Cowgill (Austin, Texas)
· Started 19 games and was named Pacific-10 All-Freshman Honorable Mention.
· Made WSU's last four points in final 1:20 of 55-54 win at Portland, Dec. 18.
· Recorded season/career-high seven rebounds at No. 10 Washington, Jan. 23...equaled mark at Stanford, March 3...added season/career-high 15 points against Cardinal.
· Had four games with 10 or more points.
· His 27 blocks (second) and 96 rebounds (seventh) rank on WSU single-season freshman list.
#44 Arlen Plaister (Orcas Island)
· Played in four games.
· Had rebound against Georgia Southern, Nov. 24.
#45 Jeff Varem (Benue, Nigeria)
· Started 27 games.
· Tallied 11 points, three assists, and 14 rebounds against Georgia Southern, Nov. 24.
· Second career double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds vs. Stanford, Dec. 31.
· Added 17 points and career-high 15 rebounds at UCLA, Jan. 6...most rebounds since Rodrigo de la Fuente tallied 16 against then No. 5 Stanford, Jan. 22, 1998.
· Recorded season-high 21 points at USC, Jan. 8...career-high five steals against USC, Feb. 5.
· Tallied 14 points, 13 rebounds and four steals vs. Oregon State, Jan. 13, marking his fourth career double-double.
· Registered career-high 24 points at Arizona State, Jan. 27.
· Six games with double-figure rebounds.
· Tallied career-high four blocks vs. Stanford, March 10.